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Tully Castle, 1641

On the night of 23 October 1641 several of the Gaelic chiefs rose in rebellion against the English and Scottish settlers. The property of the settlers was ransacked and many thousands perished in the massacres that followed. Listen to Nick Brannon, Director of Built Heritage at the Environment and Heritage Service in Belfast as he narrates the story of the destruction of Tully Castle, County Fermanagh.

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Tully Castle, 1641

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1641 Eyewitness accounts
Eyewitness accounts of the massacres were gathered by royal commissioners and magistrates between 1652-4 and presented to the High Courts of Justice in Dublin. Although the majority of people killed were Protestants many Catholics also died in reprisal attacks. Read the eyewitness accounts of the massacre of Protestants at Tully Castle and the killing of Catholics at Island Magee.


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